To me personally, making a record can be compared to the process of finding the truth – it is challenging, demanding and thrilling all at the same time. Like a scientist with the questioning mind, who is looking into chaotic empirical data for the search of systematic consistency, you look into your consciousness in an attempt to intuitively grope a musical idea that best resonates with your current state of mind. It takes self-discipline to keep the pace all the way from start to end and it requires a genuinely positive attitude to be able to enjoy every moment of this process.
All of us adhered to an unofficial rule: we had to be free from any negativity during the entire recording/mixing process. Recording equipment tends to rectify emotions that a musician has while their part is being recorded. If you feel indecisiveness and hesitation, that is exactly what listeners will feel when listening to your performance, it might not be too obvious, but it will be seized by their subconsciousness. Alternatively, if you feel like you can jump across an ocean with total ease, your takes will sound bright and confident. Most of the recording sessions were like that – immaculate and productive. Of course, there were some periods when I felt like I couldn’t go on – but hey, I’m only human! In these cases, despite any obligations and time restrictions, you just want to be honest with the band members and yourself – give a call and reschedule your recording time. By doing that you actually save more time.)
I truly believe we have made every possible attempt to reflect a wide colorful range of emotions on this record. I was relishing every moment of its creation and can endlessly listen to it over and over again even though I know every note inside out. These 9 songs might be appealing to a regular listener, to an experienced music lover, or even to a picky musician. I’m probably being bias here by saying all this, but I feel that I did my best during that period of my life. We are welcoming you to enjoy the ride of a Progressive Rock roller coaster that takes you into the Seventies and whisks you back to the present!
Alex – “Mad Jester”